Saturday, November 25, 2017

Blocking antibiotic resistance

In the article titled, "Antibiotic resistance: researchers succeed to block genes of resistance," researchers explain that the plasmids bacteria carry may have coded for the resistance to antibiotics.  Researchers were able to discover the exact binding site for the molecules and insert a stronger molecular to bind instead.  By doing so the molecules for antibiotic resistance were not transferred with the plasmid.  The molecule being inhibited is known as TraE, being the gene known to produce an resistance to antibiotics.  This article was interesting because I know any time somebody has taken antibiotics the bottle always says to take all of the pills regardless to be sure all the harmful bacteria are killed, otherwise some will be left and will develop resistance.  Seeing that something is being discovered to hopefully slow down this process is a relief.

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